Friday, June 27, 2008

Audio session

Tuesday we looked at editing and recording audio.
We had a play around with sound we recorded and then how we edited the sound recording (speech), added sound, and learnt how to intro and fade sound/music, in and out.
I should have written notes to remind me but at the time seemed good to have hands on, and write later? Have looked at audacity download.. I get confused by versions and abbreviations and so didn't get any further. 
I can see using this media would be great for reviewing student consultations and summaries with clients. 
The digital recorder we used in our session on tuesday  
was unobtrusive and could work well without the student feeling overly self-conscious.
Great for them to hear themselves and discuss information with each other and as a group.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Today went to watch and listen about the Flexible Learning Toolbox.
Reminded me very much of activities that were part of the on-line learning paper I completed.
Lots of ideas to make the learning experience interactive and interesting.
'hot spots' on pictures to highlight areas and pop up info.
Follow-up worksheets to recap work on clipboard.
Picture sequencing - drag into correct order - dialogue box to identify if incorrect/bounce back
to original position.
Video clip used to intro subject/area to then follow through with various activities.
Link included to other sites.
Vocabulary check/ work find / crossword type of activity.
Multiple attempt assessments..
Discussion board - useful for students who wanted more involvement/feedback/ ideas
Course Genie - able to convert word into html pages /converts ppt to view photos/pictures all at once.
Hot potatos -  true/false, drag and drop activities...
Other options discussed
picture questions with options for answers.. importance for student not having to scroll down page to read all options, need to limit list within frame 
Ability to randomize answers within questions and order of questions.... students can sit test at same time but questions all in different order.
looking at making poster - steps/sequence of performing tasks - pictures done in photoshop

Makes me all the more motivated to get my ideas into action! :)

Sunday, June 22, 2008


We talked about e-portfolio & how certain areas can be screened - liked idea can protect/share info with who choose, to some degree anyway.
Pod casting - must b hosted by someone - Mediacat is a streaming server (host) able to create audio-video media.
Students require broadband connection & Quicktime to view pod cast which could b a problem for some students.
RSS feed - allows u to send your info to another area - their feed has to b RSS enabled
FIREFOX is another server can use

We had a quick look at audio files/audio video files and how to download stuff.
Using Smart board - can get stuff onto computer as well (need notebook software).
students can only c link u make to EMIT
video - mediacat
copy shortcut
Open URL
garageband - straight audio - after load to ipod
(Media player)
audacity re free audio editor and recorder.... need to have a look at some of these things discussed.
Wave file - (audio file) standard on pc
AIF on mac, MP3 - standard on internet
When recording it was noted levels need to b below zero db 0 to -3
Our next session is to use info discussed and to try out ourselves.
Need to bring something next tuesday re recording to edit.
Plan to have intro,body and finish, i.e. beginning, middle and end.
I'm keen to get the facial cleansing routine on video - not great example for using audio (background music, yes) could do voice-over to identify movements being performed.
We need to have music and sound effects???
Massage - intro to classical movements - sound effects could include percussion movts... need to think about this more.

Saturday, June 21, 2008


I felt unsure of some of the questions asked in the survey last session.
Some things I had heard of, some I thought I knew but certainly need plenty more exposure & understanding of where I can go.
I explored a few sites..., flickr and watched a pod cast(presentation), wiki.... bit apprehensive as to how far I keep clicking (what things mean) and time factor....
We had talked about starting a blogg but I didn't know where/how to start this. Something for next session.


I am trying to establish some sort of time to be able to sit and reflect on DIL sessions.
The project involves research regarding us as a group, and our progress & development of our skills. It started three weeks ago last tuesday (2 meetings) - fortnightly sessions, altho we can attend each week for extra help/info.
Unfortunately, I missed the Smart Board session which I was keen to attend. Hope to catch up with info some time soon.
Our first session explained the purpose of our group and involvement, establishing what people knew and how/what using at present. We discussed ideas of what we would like to learn and how the facilitators could assist.
The session concluded with a survey to establish what we knew, used and  understood/felt regarding our skills.
Before joining the group my Head of School had brought the DIL project to my attention, knowing I was keen to implement new ideas into the students e learning. 
I have developed various formative assessments with the thinking of enabling them to be on-line interactive activities.
I was introduced to Smart Board at a conference last year. Fantastic technology, loved the fact it's so interactive.
I attended a session re learning on-line at MIT, and went on to complete an on-line paper. Great experience to be on that side of the learning. I had excellent resources/ activities to aid my learning & felt particularly inspired to develop this technology for my own students.
My students are much more IT savvy & so feel important for them to include methods they relate to.
I'd like to include audio-visual resources re practical routines they can view/review after session.
I would like to increase my confidence & develop and extend my skills.
There are so many things unknown to me at this stage which will hopefully change through the tuesday sessions.
I am really looking forward to putting my ideas into action.

Monday, June 16, 2008

First blogg

Up and running...
Am involved in learning more about ITL to implement into student learning environment.